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Author photoRoss von Metzke

  • 10th October 2005

    Canadian Woman Granted Divorce from Cheating Gay Husband

    12:00 AM — A Canadian woman has appealed and won a legal battle which allows her to divorce her husband for having an affair with another man. A court had earlier ruled that the woman she could not file for an immediate divorce because her husband's actions did not legally constitute adultery.

  • Oz MP Resigns After Gay Affair Leaked

    12:00 AM — South Australian Liberal MP Mark Brindal has announced he is officially withdrawing his name as a candidate for the state seat of Adelaide at next year's election on the heels of revelations he had an affair with a 24-year-old man earlier this year.

  • Gays Lesbians at Greater Risk for Mental Illness, Study Says

    12:00 AM — A study by a group of New Zealand medical students has found that gay and lesbian youth throughout the country are at greater risk of mental illness than their straight peers, a finding LGBT community and welfare advocates say is "unsurprising" and likely paralleled throughout the world.

  • Australian Gay Magazine Offends Hindus

    12:00 AM — DNA Magazine, Australia's top gay publication, has censored their latest cover in an effort to quell outrage from the Hindu community. The cover, features male fitness star Matt Walch wearing a Roberto Cavalli brief that is screen printed with an image of the Hindu goddess Laxmi.

  • Jimi Hendrix Played ‘Gay’ Card to Ditch Army

    12:00 AM — According to a new biography on rock God Jimi Hendrix, the man worshiped across the globe for his wild ways with women and guitars wasn't always so straight — in fact, for one American institution, he was downright gay.

  • 3 Arson Attacks on US Gay Clubs

    12:00 AM — A third in a string of suspected arson cases against LGBT-friendly venues hit the heart of Texas this week when the Heart Rock nightclub was gutted by fire on Sunday. This marks the third such attack in as many weeks.

  • Straight Camp Teen Released 1

    12:00 AM — According to reports from the Washington Blade, Zach Stark, the Tennessee teen who made headlines earlier this year by writing weblogs about his parents' negative reaction to his coming out, is due for release from Love in Action, the religious facility that has been working to change his sexual orientation since the beginning of June.

  • An Open Letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger 1

    12:00 AM — Ross von Metzke reacts to Schwarzenegger's decision to veto gay marriages.

  • US Student to Sue School Over Gay Kiss Row

    12:00 AM — A gay high school student filed suit against the Garden Grove Unified School District Wednesday, claiming she was suspended several times and forced to temporarily transfer schools because she refused to stop hugging and kissing her girlfriend on campus.

  • Schwarzenegger Rejects California Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    12:00 AM — As was expected, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed California's same-sex marriage bill late Thursday afternoon. The action came came on a day in which he rejected 51 other bills as well.In explaining his decision, Schwarzenegger wrote that he believed gay couples were entitled to "full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against," but that he felt the bill would have reversed a 2000 ballot measure that declared only a marriage between a man and a woman is legal in California.

  • Michigan To Offer Gay Partner Benefits

    12:00 AM — A Michigan judge ruled this week that public universities and governments can provide health insurance to the partners of gay employees without violating the state constitution.The ruling sets aside a legal opinion issued this year by Republican Attorney General Mike Cox saying that the city of Kalamazoo could not provide benefits to gay partners.

  • Petagon Admits Sending Openly Gay Service Members to War

    12:00 AM — An official military spokesperson has acknowledged that the Pentagon is sending openly gay service members into combat in Iraq, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military.

  • Christian School Expels Girl for Having Lesbian Parents

    12:00 AM — A 14-year-old girl was expelled from an Ontario Christian school last week because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent said in a letter.

  • Gay Quote Removed from Starbucks Cups in Texas

    12:00 AM — A Starbucks at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has pulled coffee cups featuring an author's quote about growing up gay.

  • Pressure Mounts for Schwarzenegger to Sign Gay Marriage Bill

    12:00 AM — Gay rights groups in California are putting the pressure on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the same-sex marriage bill passed earlier this month by the Legislature, which he has publicly vowed to veto.On Tuesday, Equality California, the group backing the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Leno, organized events across the state where children of same-sex partners delivered 40,000 signed postcards to the governor's various offices in red wagons.

  • Schwarzenegger Aides to Meet with Gay Groups

    12:00 AM — Aides to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have agreed to meet with leaders of gay and lesbian rights groups on Wednesday, two days before the same-sex marriage bill the Legislature passed this month is due to arrive on his desk.However, Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson assured media that the 90-minute meeting is not a sign the governor is considering changing his mind about vetoing the bill.

  • Liverpool to Build Gay Quarter

    12:00 AM — Liverpool City Council voted unanimously on Monday (19th September) to back the idea of creating a gay quarter in the already liberal city.The ambitious plan was first put before the council earlier this month. Now that the plan has received full council support, the city planning department has announced it will begin to map out the neighborhood's boundaries and work on a plan to attract gay businesses to the area.

  • Oregon High School Forced to Cancel Matthew Shepard Play

    12:00 AM — The principal of a school in Oregon, USA, has canceled a community meeting scheduled to discuss her decision to pull the plug on a school production of The Laramie Project.

  • Iran Publicly Hangs Two Gay Teenagers 3

    12:00 AM — Two unidentified gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran this week for the crime of homosexuality. According to the London Times, the youths were executed in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north-east Iran.

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